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Guidelines and Procedures for Dealing with Potential Concussion. (AWESOME TRAINING VIDEO)
- Risk comes with being an athlete; it’s part of what makes sports challenging.
- With proper techniques and coaches monitoring their athletes, many risks can be reduced.
- Continuing to play with a concussion can cause permanent brain damage–or even death.
- The majority of teenage athletes who suffer devastating brain damage have had previous concussions.
- Almost 40% of those athletes with deadly consequences were still playing with symptoms of a previous concussion. You have to stop sports participation until the signs and symptoms of concussion disappear.
- Teens may hesitate to report symptoms, believing their injuries are no big deal, or trying to tough it out and return to the game.
- There may even be pressure from parents or other adults to keep playing.
What is a Concussion
- A concussion by definition, means “to shake violently.”
- A blow to the head or to another part of the body, with force transmitted to your head, that causes the brain to shake inside the skull and result in “EVEN A BRIEF AND MILD” alteration in brain function is considered a concussion.
How Do I Recognize a Concussion
- Signs and symptoms of concussion vary depending on what part of the brain is involved.
- Only about 10 percent of athletes sustaining a concussion will lose consciousness.
- Signs of concussion are what you observe in an athlete; symptoms are what players tell you they are feeling.
Signs of concussion may include:
- Appears dazed or confused
- Acts confused about assignments
- Forgets plays
- In unsure of game, score, or opponent
- Moves clumsily
- Answers questions slowly
- Shows behavior or personality changes
- Can’t recall events prior to hit
- Can’t recall events after hit
- How Do I Recognize a Concussion
Symptoms of concussion may include:
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or fuzzy vision
- Feeling sluggish
- Feeling foggy or groggy
- Concentration or memory problems
What Do I Do if I Suspect a Concussion?
- Any athlete suspected of a concussion should be removed from the game or practice immediately.
- Continue to monitor the player after your initial evaluation.
- Make sure the athlete is supervised for at least one or two hours after you suspect a concussion.
- Do not allow the athlete to return to play until you have received written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of brain injuries.
- Health Care Providers
What health care providers are licensed and trained in the evaluation and management of brain injuries:
- Medical Doctors (MD)
- Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)
- Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)
- Physicians Assistant (PA)
- Licensed Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC)
“WHEN IN DOUBT – SIT THEM OUT”